Coming retirement wave challenges utilities to fill skilled trades

June 2013
Crain's Detroit Business;6/3/2013, Vol. 29 Issue 22, pM029
The article discusses the need for skilled trades jobs in the Michigan utility industry. CMS Energy Corp. Consultant Rick Legleitner says utilities tend to hire in waves and to retire in waves. CMS and DTE Energy Co. note that as many as a third of their employees are within a decade of retirement. DTE has coordinated with community colleges and other groups to provide training for specialty jobs. The utilities have also created the Michigan Utility Workforce Development Consortium.


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